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article imageGay & Bisexual men in Mexico now allowed to donate blood

By Can Tran     Dec 28, 2012 in World
Mexico has lifted the ban on blood donations coming from gay and bisexual men. Instead of looking at the donors' sexual preferences, donors' sexual and health histories would be examined in place.
The international let alone North American LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community has scored it what could be a major victory in terms of blood donations. In parts of the world, there is a ban on blood donations from gay or bisexual men. However, there are countries that have lifted or are planning to lift the ban on gay or bisexual male blood donations. On Christmas Day, December 25, Mexico's LGBT community has received a major Christmas present. As of December 25, Mexico's government had lifted the ban on gay blood donations. That means if you live in Mexico, you are not barred from giving blood because of your sexual preferences. In short, a twenty-year ban has been lifted.
Like Mexico, other countries placed a ban decades ago due to the possibility of contracting various blood infections. However, there are precautions that will be taken before accepting blood from anybody. Just because you are a member of the LGBT community doesn't disqualify you from donating blood. Your health history will be the major focus of background checks. Gay and bisexual men will be allowed to donate blood; but, that's provided they are neither sex workers nor needle drug users. As long as you are negative for infections such as HIV, Hepatitis, and so forth, it doesn't matter what your sexual orientation is. Make sure you have a history of safe-sex. The main criteria will be your sexual health history over your sexual preferences.
Also, this makes Mexico the first North American country to lift the ban. Such a ban is still in effect in both the United States and Canada. Currently, the US ban on gay blood donations is almost 30 years old. Perhaps that might change since Senator John Kerry (D-MA) has been tapped by United States President Barack Obama to replace Hillary Clinton as the next United States Secretary of State. According to Advocate, Kerry has been a strong supporter of the LGBT community and has been a vocal opponent on the country's ban on donations from gay men.
In the case of Canada, as reported by Life Site News, a researcher from the United States has warned that the public health of Canadians would be in danger if the country lifts its ban on blood donations from gay men. Canada is too planning to lift the ban on donations from gay men according to another Life Site News article. The news was revealed back on November 28. In exchange, Canada plans to do something different than what Mexico has done. With respects to Canada, a deferral system would be used in place of the ban. Under this deferral system, gay and bisexual men would be allowed to donate provided they didn't have sex with another man for five to ten years.
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